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Aquinas Catholic junior Payton Davis continued his successful season on Sept. 19, winning the Scouts Invite. 

The Aquinas junior completed the course in 17 minutes, 14 seconds, 24 seconds faster than second place. 

His performance led Aquinas to a second-place team finish, falling just one point shy of Minden. 

"Winning is just always that satisfaction of putting in the grind every day at practice," Davis said, "That's what it's worth."

It was a challenging days for many of the runners with a difficult course and warm temperatures. 

"We all knew it was going to be a hot one," Davis said, "Even the best runners have problems in the heat. There's not much you can do, to avoid it." 

Junior Peter Sisco placed ninth at the meet running an 18:34, Will Eller finished in 10th after running 18:43, Xavier Fiala ran well enough for 21st with a time of 19:23 and Jake Witter completed the course in 19:36 for 24th place. 

Aquinas also had two girls compete.

Jocelyn Stara placed 11th with a time of 23:05 and Ella Moravec finished in 35th with a 25:55. 

“Great meet, great course, and tough competition,” Aquinas head coach John Svec said.  “Our runners responded well with some awesome performances. We did kind of circle this meet as a gauge of our season thus far, and I am proud of the Monarchs. Even cross country is a ‘game of inches.' (We were) one place from a first place finish, but I couldn't have asked any more of the boys. We celebrated with some Hy-Vee Chinese and now it’s back to work.”

Zoe Christenson of Wahoo won the girls portion of the meet with a time of 21:12, while Boone Central topped the team standings. 

David City was also at the meet. The boys finished in 12th place and the girls finished in 11th. 

Clayton Harris led the boys, placing 72nd with a time of 22:10, Dalton Krause placed 78th with a 22:35, Braxten Small finished 82nd with a 22:59 and Angel Carias ran well enough for 92nd with a 24:00. 

The Scout girls were led by Courtlyn Keeling who placed 40th with a 26:47.

Ava Neujahr finished in 76th with a 32:50, Ashley Villalba ran a 38:16 for 81st and Ava Schlotfeld completed the course in 39:46 for 82nd. 

EAST BUTLER AT YUTAN

East Butler cross country competed at the Yutan Invite on Sept. 16 where Amanda Aerts finished in third place with a time of 22:36 leading the Tiger girls to a fifth-place finish. 

Olivia Bohac placed 17th with a time of 24:49, Sydney Christensen finished in 35th with a 28:28, Haley Sebranek completed the course in 29:00 for 37th place, Lanae Aerts ran well enough for 40th place with a time of 29:50 and Sophia Bergman finished in 42nd with a 30:56. 

Douglas County West's Maddie Wilt won the race with a 21:39, leading DC West to a first-place finish. 

The East Butler boys finished in eighth as a team and were led by Colby Jelinek who placed 23rd with a 20:52. 

Michael Polivka placed 26th with a 21:14, Justin Sousek compled the course in 23:24 for 46th, Justin Sebranek raced well enough for 54th with a 24:27, Justin Dvorak ran a 24:45 for 56th and Alex Pierce placed 64th with a time of 26:19. 

DC West's Ryan McArdle won the race with an 18:05, but Malcolm edged out DC West by one point in the team standings. 

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net

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